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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Memories of Eire vest

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Memories of Eire vest
Memories of Eire vest
Memories of Eire vest
Memories of Eire vest

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cable knitting
  • chart-reading (multiple charts for the cable panels)
  • knitting from multiple charts at one time

Pattern Description:

0626-2013 -- reformatted the pattern to make it easier to read (and fewer pages). Also fixed a typo that had you working too many rows before the neck shaping; you should only work 16r and then start the deep-V neck shaping.

I love cables ... I love Celtic knotwork ... I love playing with multiple techniques and ways of knitting. Oh, and I hate seams. And thus was born this lovely vest!

A cable panel is knit and then put on its side, sts picked up and the rest of the vest worked. The body is knit in one piece up to the underarm -- and then back and fronts are worked. The shawl collar is then picked up and knit and then, finally, the armholes are picked up and worked a few rows. That means that once you tuck in yarn ends, and sew on buttons ... you are DONE!

This is a great exercise in knitting with knit-purl texture to create the "celtic knot" on the back, cables all over, increases and decreases, and other technique make this a masterpiece for the advanced knitter. You'll have lots of fun knitting this one ... and the compliments will flow whenever you wear it!


measured over ss with #6 needles: 5sts/6rws = 1"
measured over garter st with #6 needles: 4sts/8rws = 1"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • XS (32") - XL (51")


  • 650 (700, 800, 900, 1000) sks worsted weight (55% Merino, 25% superfine alpaca, 20% donegal tweed) -- sample used KnitPick's City Tweed in Toad
  • #6 US circular (16" and another 24" or longer)
  • three 5/8" buttons
  • stitch markers
  • stitch holders